The Resident Controlled Housing Association will develop a plan to provide greater access to information that can help to combat urban decline. Many neighborhoods in Los Angeles are suffering from tax delinquencies, mortgage defaults, health and safety code violations and drug abuse. These problems have resulted in declining property values and disinvestment. The TIIAP grant will fund a planning process that will allow a wide variety of interested organizations to participate in identifying the types of information services which need to be accessible over a network in order to help neighborhoods directly address these problems.
The organizations involved in the planning include non-profit community-based groups, government agencies, foundations, financial institutions, and community colleges and universities. These institutions will conduct research and develop information sources that will enable community developers to pinpoint problems in their early stages. The plan will compile information, such as the economic and physical status of buildings in the region, a list of organizations and individuals working on similar problems, and an evaluation of plans that have worked in the past. All of this information will be compiled and made available to interested parties through the World Wide Web.
This project will help eliminate the serious disparities in access to information which exist in urban settings. To reduce these disparities, the project will follow a four part approach. First, it will produce a user-directed community information and communication system that provides environmental and community development information to low income and ethnic minority communities. Second, community development students at area colleges will use and disseminate the new technology and information systems, so that they may learn to integrate these information sources into their future work. Third, the project will assess and upgrade communications hardware and software that will enable non-profit community based organizations to better access information resources. Finally, this project will promote greater communication and shared resources among a wide group of organizations working to prevent urban decline in Los Angeles.